TAFE students’ personal details accessed in IT hack

TAFE students have had their personal details accessed in a security breach to TAFE Queensland Department of Education and Training websites.

But Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said no credit card information or other financial details were accessed.

She told parliament the details hacked was information available on public websites, such as the White Pages.

Queensland Government chief information officer Andrew Mills said the data related to enquiries and feedback submitted online.

He said the websites were hacked after an email threat from an unknown source.

"The government has assessed the threat as credible but low-level," Mr Mills said.

"The Queensland Government has immediately enacted protective measures to further strengthen its security protocols and my office is overseeing this work.

"The government has also commissioned cyber security experts, and notified federal and state police agencies, as well as the Australian Cyber Security Centre."

The Queensland Police Service has confirmed it is working with other relevant law enforcement and government agencies.

Ms D'Ath and Mr Mills said the hack followed a number of recent similar cyber-attacks on other organisations in both government and private sectors nationwide.

"For security reasons, the government will not be providing specific details of the information illegally accessed," Mr Mills said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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